Fence Removal for Wildlife Safety - National Public Lands Day

Help to make our open spaces safer for wildlife!

Parts of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space were once a working ranch. This means there is old barbed-wire fence that needs to be removed. This type of fence is not wildlife safe and we would like to remove it to keep the property sustainable. Volunteers will remove barbed wire from t-posts, roll up the wire, remove t-posts from the ground, & stack materials in a designated area for staff to retrieve later. All metal collected will be recycled.

Volunteers must be 16 or older. Volunteers must be able to walk ~0.5 mile on dirt road to reach the start of the fence line. Then the group will work down the fence line removing the barbed wire and making piles of the materials. Volunteers will be using fence pliers & t-post pullers; will need to be able to bend, squat, stoop, & squeeze. Moderate physical level. Volunteers will be working in tall grass with the possibility of ticks and snakes. We recommend long pants & insect repellant. There are no restrooms at this site.

Volunteers will need to bring:
Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen) - little to no shade at project site
Work gloves (some will be provided)
Wear closed-toe shoes & long pants - will be working in tall grass
Water & re-fillable water bottle
Insect repellant
Clothing appropriate for the weather
Backpack (to carry it all)
Hand sanitizer (optional)

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 7:30am to 10:30am
Start Date has passed
Volunteer Opportunity
Contact Name: 
Ellen Harris
Contact Phone: 
(970) 498-5629
Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Larimer County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with a disability who need assistance. Services can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please email accessibility@larimer.org or call (970) 498-5967 or Relay Colorado 711. "Walk-in" requests for auxiliary aids and services will be honored to the extent possible but may be unavailable if advance notice is not provided.